The actress who once played on-screen royalty in The Queen has sung the praises of real-life royalty, the Duchess of Sussex! Dame Helen Mirren spoke about the 37-year-old on Good Morning Britain on Thursday (Jan. 31), and even revealed the nickname Prince Harry has for her.
Having lived in the spotlight for over 50 years as an actress, Helen knows a thing or two about how tough it can be. “I think right from the moment [Prince Harry and Meghan's] relationship was revealed she conducted herself with incredible self-restraint, elegance, discipline and simplicity and humanity," she shared. "I was an admirer… it's an incredibly difficult life to lead, talk about pressure. I think she is doing it with great elegance."
The 73-year-old also spoke opened up about her relationship with the monarchy, given she’s gotten to know them through her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth. Apparently, her performances have become a running joke within the family!
She said: “Prince Charles is very, very tactful. Harry and William have mentioned it to me and have been very funny and very cool about it. I think Harry was at an awards ceremony and he said 'Granny is here.' I was rather insulted by that. I mean really!"
The multi-award winning actress is currently an ambassador for the Prince's Trust and recently launched its GMB Prince's Trust Mentor of the Year award. The award shines a spotlight on the impact a positive role model can have on a young person’s life.
“It's a wonderful program, the Prince's Trust, right from when it was first conceived by Prince Charles was obviously specifically to help young people entering into their future life, the workplace to help them set-up businesses, to become self-sufficient. And of course a big part of that is mentoring."